Alvin Ailey arrives in France with a marvelous series of dance pieces, representing African-American culture across bodies, music, languages.

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Emblematic figure of African-American dance, Alvin Ailey founded in 1958 one of the most fabulous companies in the world: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Later, he decided to also establish a second company — Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II — consisting of emerging professional dancers. Powerful, skilled, talented, expressive and giving of themselves to the joy and trance of dance, the dancers have been widely lauded by American critics. The 2019 global tour makes a stop here in Lyon.

In France, they plan to present a program consisting of four pieces: « Where There Are Tongues », « The Hunt », « Road To One », and « Virtues ».

To learn more, go to the official site.

Sources & Further

For this article’s sources, and further reading on the issues raised by the Alvin Ailey II Tour in France, we encourage you to visit both the official performance site at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France and also the official site of the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II.

Also provided below are video recordings by Ailey II and Maison de la Danse presenting key aspects of the company, choreography, dancers, and pieces on offer during the Tour.


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